Know your rights

From copyright to contracts to studio leases, these links can lend you some legal basics.

Legal Libraries

St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts
SLVLAA hosts an extensive library of resource materials for artists. Start or continue your education about contracts, copyrights, work-made-for-hire, releases, and more here.

Also visit these sites for specific issues in your industry:
Artist Help Network
This site offers links to legal resources, many aimed toward artists and art law.

Starving Artist Law
A launch pad for artists and writers looking for self-help legal information.

Copyright and Contracts

U.S. Copyright Office

Music Publisher's Association
This site includes an excellent copyright resource center for musicians including a copyright search center, forms for obtaining permissions, as well as a great FAQ section.

College Art Association
This site provides links to intellectual-property matters as well as to useful Web sites and resources on:

10 Myths About Copyright
Dispelling common misconceptions about copyright. Keep yourself on the right side of the law by familiarizing yourself with these pitfalls.